“Leave it Beaver” star Ken Osmond died May 18, 2020 in Los Angeles at the age of 76. No official cause of death was given but son Eric said that his father was surrounded by family at the time of his death.
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“Leave it to Beaver” was one of numerous “Family values” programs that were aired on television during the 50’s, 60’s, and into the 70’s. Eddie Haskell was always trying to drag Wally and Beaver Cleaver into one scheme or another and the one character that viewers loved to hate.
Osmond is best known for his role as Eddie Haskell but has appeared in dozens of film and television productions including his 1952 debut in the “Plymouth Adventure”, “Annie Oakley”, “Circus Boy”, “Fury”, “Colt. 45”, “Wagon Train”, “Petticoat Junction”, “The Munsters”, “Lassie”, and an uncredited role in “With Six You Get Eggroll”.
But his iconic role as Eddie Haskell had typecast Osmond and new roles became few and far between; as a result, he left acting behind and joined the Los Angeles Police Department.
Osmond made a return to Hollywood in 1983 with a reprise of his iconic role in “Still the Beaver”. He continued to act for the next 30 years including “High School U.S.A.”, “Happy Days”, “Rags to Riches”, “The New Leave it Beaver”, “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”, “Hi Honey, I’m Home”, Eddie Sr. on the 1997 “Leave it to Beaver”, and his final role in 2016 in “CHARACTERz”.
As himself, Osmond appeared in documentaries, game shows, “Top Cops”, and the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 2013.
Kenneth Charles Osmond was born on June 7, 1943 in Glendale, California where he began his acting career barely out of diapers at age four. Beginning with commercials and bit parts until a supposed to be one off role ended up defining his career.
Osmond is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years Sandra and sons Eric and Christian.
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